Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

Who doesn’t love french fries? Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake is my take on a recipe from Taste of Home that caught my eye.


Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

The recipe description was it came from a church gathering and was a simple, fast, and fun way to serve fries. Plus, it had added veggies. I was in!!

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Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

At the end of an order, you have the option of letting them provide a substitution if they are out of stock of an item you order. I usually unclick this as I am pretty brand-specific. 

They were out of the fries I ordered, and a spicy brand of french fries was subbed. At first, I was dubious, but with Tim’s love of spicy, I gave it a try. Score!!!

Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

The spicy fries were perfect. The original recipe also called for pimentos. I used red peppers along with the green peppers, carrots, and onions for the confetti effect. I think the original recipe was geared to kids, so I adulted it up.

Smoked white cheddar cheese was another of my substitutions. Tim and I both like the flavor, and if I was going to gear the recipe to adults, a smoky cheese sounded great.

Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

The other change I made was to pre-bake the fries, hoping to keep some of the crispiness to the french fries. I can’t say they stayed super crispy, but they retained a firmness that I think would have been lost otherwise.

True to the Taste of Home recipe, Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake was a simple, fast, fun, and now spicy way to serve french fries.
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Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

Spicy Confetti French Fry Bake

  • Author: Marty
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter,
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 each small green and red pepper, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons flour flour
2 cups milk
1 medium carrot, shredded
3/4 cup shredded smoked white cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 22 ounce package frozen spicy french-fried potatoes


Instructions

Cook french fries according to package directions.
Once fries are done, reduce oven heat to 375°.

In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and peppers; cook and stir until tender, 3-4 minutes.
Stir in flour until blended; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, salt, and pepper until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
Place french-fried potatoes in a greased 9X9-inch baking dish; pour the sauce over the top. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes longer.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.


Notes

Plain fries can be used and you can switch up the cheese to your taste.

Keywords: frozen french fries, green peeper, red pepper, carrots, white cheddar cheese, side dish

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